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Taiyin Chuanxi
Transmission of the Great Sounds 1
1552 - 1561

(Note: This book was not available to Zha Fuxi when he was making his Guide, so he could not index the melodies there. All but 10 of them are in what seems to be a related volume, Taiyin Buyi (search for "not in TYBY"), but these are often different versions. For each melody below, if the melody is also in TYBY its number there is indicated in parentheses.)

Table of Contents

  --  Preface by Yang Miao (IV/3)
  --  Preface by Zhu Qi (IV/4)

  1. Cao Man Yin (IV/5)
    In three sections, written in long hand tablature (compare TYBY#1)

    Folio One:

    -- General contents (of folio 1)
    -- Speaking of qin structure (IV/6)
    -- Discussion of qin playing
    -- Technique of putting on the strings
    -- Distinguishing the fingers (giving them names)
    -- Investigating the tones
    -- Correctly plucking the strings
    -- Tuning the strings for non-standard modes (IV/12)
    -- Method of holding the qin
    -- Origins of qin writing tablature ("周趙諸公")
    -- Right hand finger techniques (IV/13)
    -- Left hand finger techniques
    -- Basic techniques of playing the qin
    -- Standard modes for the five tones
    -- Study of the five sounds
    -- Table of contents for all the pieces (IV/28)

    Folio Two: Gong Mode

    Table of contents for Folio 2

  2. Gong Yi (First half; rest is damaged; IV/29)
    1; same as
    TYBY#2; from 1425

  3. Chonghe Yin (IV/29)
    3; same as
    TYBY#3; from 1525

  4. Yang Chun; "also called Longmen Taolang" (IV/30)
    14; related to
    TYBY#4 and the 1525 version

  5. Yang Chun additional tablature (IV/34)
    8; not in TYBY; like the
    1425 version

  6. 孤芳吟 Gufang Yin: Intonation on the Virtue of Solitude (IV/36)
    3; only here,
    TYBY#5 and 1561; has preface

  7. Meihua Sannong (IV/37)
    TYBY#6; from 1425

  8. Ziyi Yin: Intonation of Increasing Abundance (IV/41)
    3; only here and
    TYBY#14, but they are completely different; preface connects it to Feng Lei Yin; see also the comments with 1525 Feng Lei Yin

  9. Feng Lei Yin (IV/42)
    10; TYBY#15; from 1525

  10. 嘉遯吟 Jiadun Yin: Intonation on Commendable Obscurity (IV/44)
    3; only here,
    TYBY#7 and 1647; ; has preface, but prelude to next
    Identical to TTBY#7, but the last page switched with last page of Gujiao Xing! Compare IV/43 and IV/75 with III/317

  11. Gukou Yin: Gukou Intonation (IV/45)
    TYBY#8; connected here to Zuo Si; five pu from 1525

  12. Qingxu Yin (IV/49)
    3; first of five pu; has preface; also TYBY#9, 1561 and 1647 / 1692

  13. Guanghan You (IV/50)
    9; similar to
    TYBY#10; from 1425

  14. Yiqiao Jin Lü (IV/52)
    7; not in TYBY; earliest is

  15. Jiu Kuang (IV/54)
    4; not in TYBY; copy of

  16. Gao Shan (IV/55)
    1; not in TYBY; copy of

  17. Liu Shui (IV/57)
    1; not in TYBY; copy of

    Folio Three: Shang Mode

    Table of Contents for Folio Three (IV/60)

  18. Shang Yi (IV/61)
    1; similar to
    TYBY#11; from 1425 (2)

  19. Huaigu Yin (IV/61)
    3; the earliest pu with commentary: connects it to Yi Lan (next); see

  20. Yi Lan (IV/62)
    11; similar to
    TYBY#13; from 1425

  21. Teng Liu Yin: Intonation for the Deity of Snow (IV/65)
    3; same as TYBY#16; melody apparently borrowed from Wang Ji

  22. Bai Xue (IV/66)
    9; similar to
    TYBY#17; from 1425

  23. 君子吟 Junzi Yin: Intonation of the Superior Person (IV/68)
    3; only here and
    TYBY#18 (identical); has preface

  24. Yuan He Shuang Qing (IV/69)
    12; similar to
    TYBY#19; from 1511

  25. 斷金吟 Duanjin Yin: Intonation of Cutting Through Metal (IV/71)
    3; this title only here, TYBY#22 (identical) and 1561), but compare Jiao Qi Yin; has preface

  26. Gujiao Xing (IV/74)
    10; similar to
    TYBY#23; the last page switched with last page of Jiadun Yin!
    From 1539

  27. 昭昭吟 Zhaozhao Yin: Intonation of Broad Clarity (IV/77)
    3; only here and
    TYBY#24 (identical); has preface

  28. Chang Qing (IV/78)
    9; very close to
    TYBY#25; from 1425

  29. Duan Qing (IV/81)
    8; very close to
    TYBY#26; from 1425

  30. 春江 Chun Jiang: Spring River (IV/83)
    Melody similar to
    Qiu Jiang Wan Diao [Autumn River!!!])
    7; related to TYBY#21, but they are quite different from the earlier Chun Jiang Qu

  31. Qiu Feng (IV/85)
    12; only here,
    1525 (similar) 1559 (very similar) and 1561 (identical to 1559); not in TYBY

  32. Kechuang Yehua (IV/88)
    9; not in TYBY; earliest is

  33. Si Xian Cao (IV/90)
    7; related to
    TYBY#27 (Yan Hui); preface says "also called Yan Hui and Yasheng Cao"

  34. Gui Qu Lai Ci (IV/93)
    5; from
    1511; no lyrics (TYBY#20 is unrelated)

  35. Xiang Fei Yuan (IV/95)
    4; not in TYBY; from

  36. Xue Chuang (IV/96)
    14; not in TYBY; related to TYXP
    #14; 7 pu from 1539, Xue Chuang Ye Hua

  37. He Ming Jiugao (IV/99)
    10; almost identical to
    1425; related to TYBY#28

    Folio Four

    Table of Contents for Folio Four (IV/102)

    Jiao Mode

  38. Jiao Yi (IV/103)
    1; from
    1425 (TYBY#29)

  39. Lingxu Yin (IV/104)
    3; from
    1425 (TYBY#30)

  40. Liezi Yu Feng (IV/105)
    9; from
    1425 (TYBY#31)

    Shangjiao Mode

  41. Shangjiao Yi (IV/107)
    1; from
    1425 (TYBY#32)

  42. Shenhua Yin (IV/108)
    3; from
    1425 (TYBY#33)

  43. Zhuangzhou Meng Die (IV/109)
    8; from
    1425 (TYBY#34)

    Zhi Mode

  44. Zhi Yi (IV/111)
    1; from
    1425 (TYBY#35)

  45. Huitong Yin (IV/112)
    3; from
    1525 (TYBY#36)

  46. Yu Hui Tushan (IV/113)
    13; from
    1425 (TYBY#37)

  47. 純一吟 Chunyi Yin: Intonation on Sincerity (IV/117)
    3; only here and
    TYBY#38, but has some melodic connection to Weibin Yin

  48. Wen Wang Si Shun (IV/118)
    10; from
    <1491 and 1511 (compare TYBY#39: preface same; music related but diff.)

  49. Shanju Yin (IV/120)
    3; from
    1425 (TYBY#46)

  50. Qiao Ge (IV/122)
    12; from
    1425 (TYBY#47)

  51. 湘江吟 Xiangjiang Yin: Xiang River Intonation (IV/125)
    3; same melody as
    Dongting Qiu Si (this title also TYBY#44)

  52. Yu Ge (IV/126)
    12; see
    1525 (also TYBY#45)

  53. 霜夜吟 Shuangye Yin: Intonation on a Frosty Evening (IV/130)
    3; only here,
    TYBY#40 and 1525

  54. Yan Guo Hengyang (IV/131)
    12; see
    1525 (TYBY#41)

  55. Guan Ju (IV/134)
    10; from
    <1491 (TYBY#48)

    Yu Mode

  56. Yu Yi (IV/137)
    1; from
    1425 (TYBY#49)

  57. Ganhuai Yin: Stirred Emotions Intonation (IV/138)
    3; this title only here and
    TYBY#50; preface: "also called Hewu Dongtian Yin" (related); has preface

  58. Zhi Zhao Fei (IV/139)
    14; from
    1425 (TYBY#51)

  59. 親善吟 Qinshan Yin: Showing Friendliness Intonation (IV/142)
    3; only here and
    TYBY#52; has preface

  60. Pei Lan (IV/143)
    14; from
    1539 (TYBY#53)

  61. 物感吟 Wu Gan Yin: Intonation on the Influence of All (IV/147)
    3; only here and
    TYBY#54, but sections 1 and 3 almost = 1 and 3 of Chunxiao Yin

  62. Wu Ye Ti (IV/148)
    9; from
    1425 (TYBY#55)

    Folio Five

    Table of Contents for Folio 5 (IV/149)

    Huangzhong Mode

  63. Huangzhong Yi (IV/152)
    1; from
    1425 (TYBY#58)

  64. 秋塞吟 Qiusai Yin (IV/152)
    3; same as
    Huangyun Qiusai (TYBY#59); Zha Guide 24/201/-- mistakenly indicates this is first of 9 melodies that became today's Sao Shou Wen Tian, but Sao Shou Wen Tian actually begins with the Qiusai Yin dated 1722 (also see Shui Xian Qu)

  65. Longshuo Cao (IV/153)
    8; "old name Zhaojun Yuan"; from
    1425 (TYBY#60)

    Fugu Mode

  66. Fugu Diao (IV/156)
    1; tuning 1 3 5 6 1 2 3; see
    1525 (TYBY#56)

  67. Nan Feng Chang (IV/157)
    8; second of eight from
    1546; 1525 is different (TYBY#57)

    Guxian Mode

  68. Guxian Yi (IV/159)
    1; diff. from 1425
    Guxian Yi or the related TYBY#71; instead almost same as 1525 Jiazhong Yi (" = Qingshang"), QPZC #45 [= 1546, #39], and 1589

  69. Feiming Yin (IV/159)
    3; from
    1425 (TYBY#72)

  70. Qiu Hong (damaged; IV/160)
    36; from
    1425 (TYBY#73)

    Qiliang Mode

  71. Qiliang Yi (damaged; IV/167)
    1; from
    1425 (TYBY#61)

  72. Qiliang Yi (1; 2nd tablature: "same as Chushang Yi [damaged] IV/168)
    1; after opening harmonics the stopped sounds are related to 1425
    Shenpin Chushang Yi (not in TYBY)

  73. Zepan Yin (damaged; IV/168)
    4; from
    1425 (TYBY#63)

  74. Li Sao (damaged; IV/170)
    18; from
    1425 (TYBY#64)

  75. Chu Ge (IV/174)
    9; from
    1425 (TYBY#62)

  76. Qu Yuan Wen Du (IV/177)
    8; see
    <1491 (TYBY#65)

    Ruibin Mode

  77. Ruibin Yi; "also called 金羽 Jinyu mode" (IV/179)
    1; from
    1425 (TYBY#66)

  78. Leji Yin (IV/179)
    1; related to
    Yu Ge Diao, but no lyrics (TYBY#67)

  79. Ao Ai Ge (IV/180)
    (18; see <1491
    Yu Ge (TYBY#68)

  80. Jiuyi Yin (IV/184)
    3; "also called
    Fan Canglang" (TYBY#69)

  81. Xiao Xiang Shui Yun (IV/185)
    10; from
    1425 (TYBY#70)

    -- Ye Quan afterword (IV/188)
    -- Li Ren afterword (IV/189)

Footnotes (Shorthand references are explained on a separate page)

1. Page references are to Qinqu Jicheng, Volume IV.

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